What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Monday, January 22, 2007

How To (not) Be a Domestic Goddess

Lookee at what I found! On Yardsalequeen we have all been sharing our collections. Heidi posted a photo of her Utah souvenir collection displayed on a pair of yellow ruffled edge shadow boxes. Carol then posted that she, too, had a set of those shadow boxes, but in white. Later that day I went to the thrift and spotted these on the shelf! They had actually been there for about a month, but they had them in the kitchen section with a piece of Corning Wear sitting in them so I hadn't really paid much attention to them. But, when I saw them Friday I knew exactly what they were and what I could do with them. So, thank you Heidi and Carol - and now we are Twinkies!

This weekend I stayed home for two straight days. No makeup, I wore my comfy old clothes and did lots of piddling around the house. Oh, I did my usual laundry and vacuumming and picking up after DS and DH. But, I also painted a small folding table that I bought at a thrift last week and I baked an orange cake. I even make homemade buttercream icing for the cake. It was a bit lumpy, but still tasted fine to all of us. As I was getting down the powdered sugar for the icing, I managed to dump an entire bag of flour out of the counter and onto the stove. Luckily I had the burner covers on or it would have been a REAL mess. It was a pretty big mess already - but getting it out of those burner grooves would have been a nightmare. I thought I had it all cleaned up, but I noticed little flour dust cat prints going across the floor earlier this morning. Anyway, after I was finished cooking, I went to the bathroom to wash my hands before I ate and I noticed that I had a big smear of white paint on one shoulder and a perfect little teeny mountain of flour on the other shoulder. Geez, what a hottie I am.

Today I am finishing up the laundry until the boys come home, disrobe and yet again fill up my once empty basket. I also have to pay the mid-month bills. I always put that off a litle longer than I should - I like seeing a fatter bank balance for a day or two until I pay those dreaded bills. I have an ebay box to get ready (sold four Serta Sheep items for $34.00), my Pink and Brown Swap is ready to be boxed up and I have some coupon envies going out. I have spent a lot of my morning going through my tubs of flea market and ebay stuff looking for some treasures for Carol. I have found some things I hope she will like. But, while going through things, I keep finding things for other people that left comments - an apron for Heidi, a Haegar piece for Sveltestuff, etc.! I wish I could send everyone a box! Well, I could, but I'd be broke on shipping....

I've thought of a few more weird things about me. I knew I would have trouble narrowing it down to six!

1. I know the 1970's "Pearl Drops Tooth Polish" commerical word for word including all hand motions and tongue on teeth motions that the blonde spokesmodel used. I was only 5 or 6 years old when this commercial came out, but I still remember it. "Feel your teeth, (run tongue on top teeth) Mmmmm, mine feel great, I just polished them with Pearl Drops Tooth Polish. Pearl Drops helps keep your teeth their whitest, (pause) their brightest and it so soft and gentle you can use it every day and face the world with a dazzling smile. (Run tongue over top teeth) Mmmmm, it's a great feeling!" Now, that's weird.

2. Styofoam. Hate it. Can't stand it. Not allowed in the house. I hate items that come packaged in styrofoam. Must unpack and remove from house immediately. It cannot stay. Skreechy scratchy styrofoam. Ack. I have chills just typing this! (This stems from my childhood spent in the backseat of a VW Bug with my Dad's styrofoam beer cooler wedged in the little back storge area going skreech skreech, skreech as we went up and down the highway.)

3. I know all the made up words at the end of "We Go Together" from Grease. "Whop bop a loo bop, a whop bam boo". But, I know them all - and it goes on and on for like two straight minutes. "Ramma ramma lamma ding a ding a dong.....Shoe bop a shoe bop dippity dip do wop..."


  1. Yep, now we are shadow box twinkies. That is too funny. Mine sat in storage for a yr. b/f I figured out what to put in them.I have a small ceramic rose plate hung inside one and a rose mug in the other.

    I love the weekends when I don't have to give a crap how I look, in fact I didn't even do my hair yesterday. My ds's friends kept stopping by and just by the look on their faces, I new I was a fright. Tough cookie Toots.

  2. Shara, your post made me laugh out loud! You are one funny lady. My shadow boxes are thrifted too, but of course! Can't wait to see what you do with yours, and I want to see that folding table you're painting.

    LOL on the flour debacle...I once did that with a box of orzo pasta, only I didn't have any burner covers. I was finding orzo for months and months after that little move. Whoopsie.

  3. Anonymous7:59 PM

    Shara: I was feeling your weird things until no. 3. Just the fact that you remembered this makes me think that it is time for an intervention. Come back to the light Shara, come back to the light! Seriously, like you and styrofoam,I don't like wads of cotton. I can hold it, but the thought of putting it in my mouth sends chills all over my body. UGGGGG. Libby

  4. shara, you sofa king funny.

  5. Your styrofoam story was scaaaaary! You poor thing, having to listen to that skreechy sound in the backseat! I think that would do it for me as well.

    Alex from YSQ

  6. Shara, I love your writing style. You are truly funny :) I enjoy reading your posts.



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